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Mocking the Bills: A Defining Night

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With the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft just hours away, the long wait is nearly over. Following months of speculation, the Buffalo Bills will have every opportunity to shape the franchise into a perennial contender for the foreseeable future. However, despite leading the team to its first postseason berth in 17 years, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott could extinguish any justified optimism by failing to identify the right prospect(s). Needless to say, that potential disparity creates pressure that brings both excitement and uneasiness for Bills fans.

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NBA Wrap-Up: Regular Season Award Winners & First-Round Predictions

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With the beginning of the NBA Playoffs just hours away, Jim Doyle and Zac Hirschbeck preview all of the first-round action. Additionally, the two basketball enthusiasts share their selections for the end-of-season individual awards, as well as their top prospects for the draft. 

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What to Make of O’Reilly’s Remarks

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This past Monday was locker clean-out day for the Buffalo Sabres. Considering the season they just had, the mood was understandably bleak. Almost every player seemed to be grappling with an existential crisis within themselves and making their best guess at what comes next. Nowhere was that more prevalent than with Ryan O’Reilly.

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Let’s Make a Deal: Bills Draft Edition

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Though the 2018 NFL Draft remains a little over two weeks away, speculation regarding the Buffalo Bills’ plans continues to permeate throughout the Western New York area. While Bills general manager Brandon Beane could throw everybody a Clayton Kershaw-esque curveball come the end of April, it seems almost certain that the organization will select a young, franchise quarterback with one of their two first-round picks. However, their path to that selection remains a mystery.

With that in mind, The Butter Lamb has offered its participating contributors three potential options for the Bills to pursue in the upcoming draft. While the exact framework for each deal is an estimate, each contributor will select their ideal move, and then justify their decision.

Without further ado, here are the three options:

Door #1

The Bills go all-in and trade with the New York Giants to get up No. 2. They give up both of their first-round picks this year (Nos. 12 and 22), a second-round pick this year (No. 56), and their 2019 first-round pick.

Door #2

The Bills trade up with the Indianapolis Colts to get to No. 6. They give up both of their first-round picks and a second-round pick this year (No. 56).

Door #3

The Bills stay put on draft day. They keep all of their picks, and select a quarterback with one of their two picks in the first round.

Which door will you open?

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NBA Q&J: Beasts in the East

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The Butter Lamb catches up with its resident NBA pundit Jim Doyle. In the second half of two-part series, Doyle answers five questions regarding all the ongoing happenings in the Eastern Conference. 

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Finding the Franchise: Where the Bills Need to Pick Come April

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There are a lot of different philosophies for the NFL Draft when it comes to quarterback-needy teams like the Buffalo Bills. Some want them to trade up for one of the top quarterback prospects, be it Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, or Josh Allen. Others think they should stand pat and pick whatever quarterback falls to their 12th or 22nd overall pick, be it Lamar Jackson or Mason Rudolph. Still others think they should use their plethora of high draft picks to fill their other holes and take a flier on a day-two or day-three prospect like Luke Falk or Kyle Lauletta.

While I’ve watched all of them play, I won’t pretend to be an expert on any of them. I can’t tell you which one of these prospects is going to be a star. However, using historical data, I can tell you where a team needs to pick a quarterback in order to have a good chance of finding the face of their franchise for years to come.

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A Fine First Day

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Growing up as young Bills fan, the first day of NFL free agency always started with optimism. After yet another playoff-less lesson, I hoped that the Bills would identify the player that would fix Buffalo’s existing flaws, or at the very least, help solve some of the issues that plagued the team previously. Generally, that excitement would eventually be replaced by regret.

After the “official” start to free agency yesterday yielded a few noteworthy additions to the Bills’ roster, that regret may certainly come at some point. Through a cynical and skeptical lens, Buffalo added yet another former Carolina Panther whose true value is difficult to determine, a pass rusher who missed all of last season with two torn knee ligaments (and was also suspended four games for a PED violation), and a quarterback with little experience who backed up a mediocre (albeit heroic) signal caller in Cincinnati.

While these viewpoints certainly do have some merit, I find myself far more optimistic about Buffalo’s moves. Perhaps that’s my lifelong naivety speaking, but these moves simply feel smarter than those made in years past. Bills general manger Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have seemingly identified low-risk (both contractually and in terms of talent) players that will provide the team with meaningful contributions both on and off the field.

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Land of Hope, Dreams, and Laughable Contracts: Part Two

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Following part one of The Butter Lamb’s free agency wish list, four more contributors weigh in with their ideal additions to the Buffalo Bills’ current roster. 

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Land of Hope, Dreams, and Laughable Contracts: Part One

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With the official start of free agency just hours away, several of The Butter Lamb’s finest contributors offer up the one player that they would love, more than any other, for the Buffalo Bills to add to their roster. 

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NBA Q&J: Best in the West

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The Butter Lamb catches up with its resident NBA pundit Jim Doyle. In a two-part series, Doyle answers five questions regarding all the ongoing happenings in both the Western and Eastern Conference. Today, we start with the West (and Jim’s beloved San Antonio Spurs). 

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